since he was a teenager growing up in syosset, new york. >> apatow: this is wkwz syosset. >> cooper: he worked at his high school radio station, and sought out stand-up comedians like jay leno and jerry seinfeld to interview. what was it about these guys that you wanted to be like? >> apatow: i just liked funny people who said that life wasn't fair, systems weren't fair. i felt like a nerd, i was, like, the goofy kid getting picked last in gym class, so... >> cooper: literally, you'd get picked last? >> apatow: i mean, literally, like, after all the girls and people with disabilities, you know. and it's a rough thing to go through every day for ten years. ( cheers and applause ) >> judd apatow! >> cooper: apatow moved to los angeles and tried turning those painful high school experiences into stand-up routines. his roommate, adam sandler, was making it big in stand-up. but apatow's act wasn't working. >> apatow: so the night would be, like, sandler and paul reiser, and then robin williams would pop in, and ellen degeneres was there. and by the end of the night, i would just feel like, "